If I raise a moderator flag pointing out blatant plagiarism, and the OP deletes the post (perhaps because of downvotes, or because someone points out the plagiarism), what happens? Does a moderator still see the flag and take any necessary action on the account (for instance, if it's not the first time the account has been used to plagiarize)?

  • Yes, moderator flags are never cleared automatically. Your flag will still sit in the mod-queue. – rene Jul 22 '18 at 12:06
  • Thanks @rene, that's good to hear. Do you have a reference for it? (Not that I don't believe you, you're very active on meta so it wouldn't surprise me if you've run across this info and remembered it, even if you can't immediately point to where.) – T.J. Crowder Jul 22 '18 at 12:09
  • Hmm, I'm pretty sure I've asked this before on SOCVR but can't find it. Here on MSE this comes closest: meta.stackexchange.com/q/175420/158100 – rene Jul 22 '18 at 12:15

Custom flags are not deleted on closure/deletion:

Currently, when users are putting a custom flag on a post, there is a chance that this flag will be dismissed before a moderator could see it.


This has been fixed for years, the question just never got updated. Custom flags can never be dismissed by non-moderator action. – animuson

Source Don't automatically dismiss custom flags (containing a comment from a user) - Meta Stack Exchange

  • Thanks! I've voted to close my question as a duplicate of that one. – T.J. Crowder Jul 22 '18 at 15:05

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